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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AFFECTS THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES AND CHILDREN IN OUR COMMUNITY. SPOKANE COUNTY'S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RATES ARE NEARLY DOUBLE THE STATE AVERAGE, AND ARE DOUBLE WHAT THEY WERE TEN YEARS AGO.

If you are in a domestic violence situation and are looking for help, please call YWCA of Spokane's 24-hour helpline at 509-326-CALL (2255).

Domestic Violence is pervasive in our community and is one of the most prevalent causes of homelessness in Spokane County. United Way's work takes a holistic approach to help victims access stable housing, employment, and parenting supports. Click here to read more about our work to prevent homelessness in our community.

Our Goal

To create safe, healthy families free of home violence. To provide immediate resources, shelter, and counseling for victims of violence and prevent future violence. 

Our Strategy

Use local data to understand the number of people affected by domestic violence and use this data to inform our investments. 

Our single largest community investment supports YWCA of Spokane's Domestic Violence Counseling Center.

On average, a victim will attempt to leave their perpetrator seven times. In an effort to end future violence, we worked with the local Domestic Violence Coalition, and the local Domestic Violence judge, prosecutors and public defenders to pay for a Domestic Violence Assessment and provide counseling for low-income perpetrators.

Annual Investment of $185,000 to Fund Agency Partners who provide direct services to victims or help perpetrators acknowledge their problems and access treatment services: Click here to learn more about United Way's investments in our community.

  • YWCA of Spokane, DV Counseling Center
  • Lutheran Community Services, SAFeT
  • Spokane County Domestic Violence Court, Access to Perpetrator Treatment Services

Annual Investment of $192,000 to Agency Partners who respond to children and young adults whose lives have been impacted by trauma and family violence. This effort is part of our work to mitigate the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences. Click here to learn more:

  • Daybreak Youth Services
  • Excelsior Wellness Center
  • Frontier Behavioral Health, FASST Program
  • Hospice of Spokane
  • Lutheran Community Services, Child Welfare program
  • TeamChild
  • Volunteers of America

Our Collective Impact

 

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Additional Resources

End the Violence documentary - Note this link will redirect you to endtheviolencespokane.org

Spokesman Review article "Documentary to shed light on Spokane area's domestic violence problem"

Eastern Washington University Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis' Community Indicators - Note this link will redirect you to the Spokane Trends' website

Women Helping Women Fund's Changing Our Forecast: The State of Women and Children in Spokane County - Note this link will recirect you to the Women Helping Women Fund's website